Disaster response systems in the Pacific- Policy Brief for Pacific Island Countries

Climate change is likely to affect the pattern of
some disasters in the
Pacific, and therefore the
organisations and systems
involved in disaster
response. The aim of this
research was to provide
recommendations to policy
makers and practitioners in
the Pacific and Australian
disaster response sectors on current adaptive
capacity of Pacific island countries to climate related
disasters (e.g. tropical cyclones), and identify the
resources, policies and systems needed in the
coming years to enhance this capacity. A further
aim was to inform improved planning
and more effective response through
analysis of the Australian disaster
response system and related
organisations’ capacity, role and
obligations to assist Pacific island
countries (PICs) in times of disaster.

This Policy Brief is part of a series,
presenting research conducted in 2012
which focused on how the immediate
humanitarian needs following disasters
are met by various stakeholders, both
in the affected country and those
offering support from outside and the
capacity of these systems to adapt
under a changing climate. This Policy
Brief provides recommendations for
PIC national stakeholders on policy
related issues. Others in the policy brief
series focus on Regional and Australian


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